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A PARENTS' CHECKLIST: TRAFFIC SAFETY
Parents:
  Inspect bicycles to make sure they are the appropriate size and in good working order  no loose handlebars, wobbly wheels, flat tires or loose chains.
  Dont allow a child (typically under age 10) to cross streets alone until child demonstrates appropriate traffic skills and judgment.
  Have everyone buckle up on every ride, in every vehicle, with every driver.
  Place infants and children through the age of three in appropriately-fitted child safety seats as required by law.
  Have children ages 4-9 who are under 49" tall and weigh under 80 pounds ride in a booster seat.
  Prevent kids under 16 from operating a motorcycle or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Teach Children to:
  Stop at the curb, or the edge of the road if there is no curb, before crossing the street.
  Look both ways before crossing the street and cross at designated crosswalks or at intersections.
  Walk facing traffic, on sidewalks or paths. Walk as far left as possible if there are no sidewalks.
  Wear bicycle helmets correctly  centered on top of the head and always fitted snugly with straps buckled.
  Ride bicycle with traffic flow and as far to the right as possible if there are no sidewalks.
  Always obey traffic signals and lights as a bicyclist and pedestrian.
  Buckle up on every ride, in every vehicle, with every driver.
  Never play in or around cars.
  Never ride in the bed of a pickup truck.
  Never walk on railroad tracks and stay away from rail yards, railroad cars and rail equipment.

For more information, see the fact sheets listed on the previous page and:

National Safety Council
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